Barbara Bailey Fryrear was born in Galveston, summered on grandmother’s farm on the Texas side of the Red River, was educated in Austin,  spent third grade in Cambridge, Mass, lived two years in San Saba, sixty in Irving.  A certified Texan, she  hasn’t counted the great-grandchildren lately.  Her mother and father  loved poetry and quoted lines constantly, he from Shakespeare, she most often from Tennyson. On Saturday nights he read her mother’s poetry to friends over drinks.

Barbara has a UT Liberal Arts degree (graduated with honors) and belonged to both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta.

She is a life-time member and the historian for the Trinity Writers’ Workshop. She had been published  in several volumes of New Texas, (and has the T-Shirts to prove it),  Windhover, Duck Soup, wrote a weekly art column in The Irving News and had an  Op-Ed published in the Dallas Times Herald (which folded shortly thereafter). Her yet-to-be-published novel won the TWW Black-Gold Award.


El Nino

by Barbara Fryrear

 Out of the ocean called Peaceful

El Niño rises hot and bratty

bringing rain like Noah’s flood

till the cliffs of California

slide soggy into the sea.

Drought like Deuteronomy

heaven of brass, earth of iron

blows Guatemalan forests

all the way to Rushmore

like Birnham Wood

come up to Dunsinane.

Now the sun’s a glinty nickel

the moon a copper penny

small change in the half-light

of a doomsday sky.

El Niño, Holy Infant,

The Second Coming?

Your Hands

by Barbara Fryrear

I study how your knuckles form a watchtower

flanked by bony castellations, your long fingers,

clutching a pen, how they move, mind-driven,

across a paper plane, circling the dancers

on the bridge at Avignon

I want to ask if you will draw the bridge to cross

the river, so the dancers can quit their endless minuet

and proceed to the other side.

You look up, puzzled.  You take my hand.

Your fingers are cold, but your touch warms me.

“This isn’t a drawbridge,” you answer.







About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

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